Skull / Bones

campus politics

March 26th, 2015

Trying to make sense of this story.

Reed College student Jeremiah True drew national attention March 19 after claiming he was bounced from the discussion portion of his Humanities 110 class for arguing that sexual assault statistics are inflated. His story got weird from there. After BuzzFeed reported his claims and rape culture deniers championed his cause, True, 19, posted increasingly aggressive rants online, prompting fellow students to report feeling unsafe on campus. In an interview with GotNews posted on YouTube on March 24, True claimed he was purposefully acting like a “jerk wad” to draw more attention and parlay the controversy into a career in media. As of March 24, Reed officials were standing by their decision to bar True.

Hm.  I hate to slide into any cause championed by Charles Johnson, but unless he interceded on some allotted time limits in the class discussion to “not let everyone in”, I’m stuck on some things…

I suppose there’s a decent case to slam anyone arguing on about a 6 Thousand year Earth in a biology class, or…

the new new york times magazine

March 24th, 2015

When The New York Times Magazine issued a new “redesign”…

a publication within a publication, I may add, that has had some reasonably in-depth articles addressing this and that issue that you’re hard-pressed to see in the “regular” newspaper of the New York Times.  Long Form Journalism and all that…

… as well as our blog-o-listo-thingy of the moment trend …

But be that as it may… the query.  Expressed in In These Times here.

The Editor’s Letter gushed about new typefaces and heavier paper stock, and boasted, “You will also find, I am pleased to say, more pages of advertising than in any issue since October 2007” (a line that has since been changed in the online version).

Who are they trying to impress by pointing out that they have a whole whole whole lot of advertisements?  Because you know… generally speaking, those things are at best necessary evil and …

… unless they’re trying to impress potential advertisers.  Wait.

Putin back off the Appalachian Trail

March 16th, 2015

The Long National Nightmare is over.  Vladimir Putin suddenly re-appeared after an eleven day absence.  He was off on Russia’s version of the Appalachia Trail — around Krasnoyarsk, I suppose — and is back.

Not A Coup.  Or maybe it is in the sense that he was working out some matters with the inner chambers of power.

I saw a curious news commentary about Putin’s disappearing, claiming that the great amount of on the edge of their seat wondering in Russia about “Where’s Putin” shows how much the man has become a dictator and “indispensable” gnabbing power.  Without saying anything about Putin one way or another, I find this example ludicrous.  Imagine Obama disappeared for eleven days… the result in America would be… roughly the same.  I mean, remember that governor and the Appalachian Trail…

Didn’t Do It, Nobody Saw Me Do It, Can’t Prove Anything.

March 16th, 2015

Ah, the Perils of Reality Programming.

Mr. Durst was acquitted in the Texas killing, and was never arrested in the disappearance of his wife or the death of his friend. But on Saturday, he found himself in custody once again, arrested on a charge of murder as he walked into a New Orleans hotel he had checked into under a false name.
On Sunday night, in the final moments of the final episode of a six-part HBO documentary about him, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” Mr. Durst seemed to veer toward a confession that could lift the shroud of mystery that surrounds the deaths of three people over the course of three decades.
“What the hell did I do?” Mr. Durst whispers to himself in an unguarded moment caught on a microphone he wore during filming. “Killed them all, of course.”

He does have a good alibi, of sorts.  Nobody believes anything on Reality Programming is “Real”, and everybody who does these shows always goes into “acting” mode, acting for the cameras.  If you remember, Jim Carey on the Truman Show veered into camera-mode when he knew everything about him was being staged.

So he can make his situation similar to the hip hop artist who talked of doing big bad things.  Or go the OJ Simpson route and suggest they missed a caveat of “IF” or a hypothetical before “Kill them all, of course” or “I Did It”.

Why is he having HBO follow him around for a long in-depth show?  Is that Just Narcissism?


March 9th, 2015

This actually is pretty hilarious.

The Wall Street Journal is positing that the Justice Department of Democratic President Barack Obama has siced Democratic Senator Robert Menendez his disagreements on Iran.  Just look at the timing.

So too says Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Curious.  Logic dictates that the fall of a DEMOCRAT on corruption can only harm the political standing of other politicos on Team DEMOCRAT.  But nay.

Wait.  They’re defending a liberal (in their eyes)?  I suppose they might have done the same with Lieberman, hypothetically.

At least we have some odd sense of policy over party politics in this conspiracy mongering.

And I imagine that Chris Christie is either defending Menendez covertly  or loving that it disinfects him somehow — it’s either Just another case of New Jersey politics or someone that shines greater than he to shade back into “corrupt” moonlight.

Dud of Late Night

March 8th, 2015


Before he was busted for inventing war stories, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams had pitched NBC and CBS about making him the next Jay Leno or David Letterman.

He didn’t try for a new talk show on Fox?

lash, backlash, backlash backlash, and…

March 8th, 2015

nationalreviewfemaleragecover  As so happens this article in the National Review isn’t too bad… in terms of carrying on about the proliferation of the word “slut” as some show of, oh, “taking back the word and concept” or whatever.  Bits and pieces of it I’d gather some feminist critics of “slut walk”agree with in some manner.

But it is a kind of “hm”.  “The Roots of Female Rage” as your cover trope.  It would only make sense if I knew of a “Roots of Male Rage” polemic.  What were the titles with “Roots of [blank] Rage”?  I google.  See a 1990 Atlantic article “Roots of Muslim Rage”, and the D’Souza book “Roots of Obama’s Rage”.

So.  It is whatever it is.

I remember circa 1998, someone in my civics class calling him “Netan Yahoo”.

March 4th, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint Congress, to pre-empt anything Obama is dealing with with the Iranian government…

… the, er, chief ally in the war in Iraq against ISIS…

… and runs for the Republican Party nomination in 2016.

causing a little bit of a hedging with Powers going up to reiterate the sames issues as Netanyahu, and Netanyahu playing the same game…

In case you’re curious of the names of the 60 Congress-critters who didn’t show up… well, here you go.  It was the biggest ticket in town, with a lot of Congress critters having to turn down ticket-askers.  I suppose the 60 Congress critters could’ve handed their tickets to their fellow foes to hand out.

He Was Not Spock. He was Narab.

March 1st, 2015

I’m trying to recall this movie serial, which was shown a whole bunch of times on the low watt Fox affiliate, starring Leonard Nimoy.

Was it Zombies of the Stratosphere?

The invaders come to Earth to create an H-bomb to blast Earth out of orbit so that Mars can take its place.

Yeah.  That was it.

Every other chapter ending seemed to cheat, with an explosion showing the hero’s life ending, and the next chapter beginning by back-tracking  hero jumping out of the way before the explosion.

Well.  Rest in Peace, Leonard Nimoy.  I’ll always remember you for your role as … um… Narab.